Little House: Literature and the Industrial Revolution

I learned about The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton when my daughter was born.  She received it as a gift.  I didn't like it at first, but she did.  We read it over and over and over again.  The book grew on me.

Later, when my class was studying the industrial revolution, it occurred to me that The Little House provides a wonderful metaphor for urbanization.

In the story, the little house (the protagonist) lives in the country.  Far away "he" can see the city growing.  Eventually, it grows around the little house with tenement buildings and factories and railways.  The reader hears how the little house feels about the urbanization.

When you are exploring the industrial revolution, I recommend The Little House as an additional resource.

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